For Kirkland Councillor, John Morson volunteering at the Chartwell Manoir Kirkland for seniors is an essential part to the well-being of the residents. In November 2014, he took over the as coordinator of a club called The Gentlemen’s Club. The club meets every Friday afternoon, to socialize, talk anything from sports to politics. There is always a discussion about their next fundraising event and who to support. What started out as a five-member group is now counting members at 15. The age varies from 74 to 95 years.
“It gives me the opportunity to provide hope, friendship and help others in an effort to make a difference in someone’s life,” Morson said. “Spending a few hours of my time with seniors is my way of giving back to the community. Fundraising to help others is the number one goal of our club.”
A big thanks to Mike Labelle Investment Advisor at BMO Nesbit Burns who supplied the necessary funds to enable us to purchase caps with the Gentlemen’s Club logo front and Center on the cap. These caps are worn proudly whenever we meet.
The Gentlemen’s Club have raised money for various charities such as a school in the Dominican Republic, The Salvation Army, The West Island Women’s Shelter, The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation and The Red Cross Wild Fire Fort McMurray. The latest donation was to the West Island Cancer Wellness Center (WICWC).
The Gentlemen’s Club organized a super bingo fundraising event held on Saturday evening June 11, to benefit WICWC. More than 130 people enjoyed, snacks, wine, prizes and of course, bingo. Besides a large amount of money prizes given out to the lucky winners was a return ticket to Quebec City donated by Via Rail which was raffled off. The amount of money raised from this event was $3,182.